West Cork GAA club covering distance of Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for CoAction

West Cork GAA club covering distance of Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for CoAction
Ilen Rovers are raising funds for CoAction in its efforts to cover the 2,600km length of the Wild Atlantic Way in lockdown.

A West Cork GAA club is covering the distance of the Wild Atlantic Way to raise funds for CoAction West Cork.

Ilen Rovers GAA has rounded up members of the community to rally together and raise as much funds as possible to support the organisation which is struggling with funding due to Covid-19.

CoAction West Cork provides quality services to support children and adults with an intellectual disability and autism. The organisation helps each service user reach their full potential, working in partnership with their families and carers within the community.

The organisation which usually holds club draws this time of the year, along with coffee mornings, flag days and other collections, has been impacted financially by not being able to fundraise how they normally would.

Member of the organising committee for the fundraising initiative, Paddy Minihane, told The Echo that the challenge of covering the 2,600km distance of the Wild Atlantic Way is a “big community effort”.

“All club members, the community in Baltimore, Lisheen, Aghadown, and the Islands, we’re all walking, running and cycling within the government guidelines to try and clock up as many kilometers as possible.

“We’ve involved club members who are abroad now so there’s some in Sydney, there’s one in Shanghai, one in Texas. I don’t think there’s any travel restrictions in Sydney so I think there’s two members cycling 100km over the weekend.

“It’s a big community effort, people involved in the Co-Action community, family, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends are all getting involved. It's inclusive of everyone and we’re trying to get as many people involved as possible to reach the goal of over 2,000km,” he said.

The challenge began on Thursday evening and will continue over the weekend until Sunday night and kilometres covered will be logged.

Funds raised through the dedicated GoFundMe page will go toward days out, the provision of transport to and from different activities and supports within CoAction West Cork.

“We realised that they would be impacted by Covid-19 and that we’d try to go out a bit to help them out,” Mr Minihane said.

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